If location is everything, this place is right up there. It couldn’t be more convenient to the village sights & sounds. It is a charming historic building with a wonderful front porch and large front yard facing a quiet street and a small private park. The check-in process was easy and pleasant and the woman who welcomed us was very helpful with ideas on what to do in Cooperstown.
We were taken to our 2nd floor suite which was very nice, clean and nicely appointed with a comfy bed and separate cozy living room space including a TV, sofa, chair and a wet bar with a fridge, coffee maker, coffee supplies, wine glasses and even a corkscrew. Although there was no need for AC during our stay, there were two separate units in our suite so I imagine it would be very comfortable during a hot summer’s night. Much to our delight the room features windows that OPEN so we were able to take in the fresh fall air!!
There are no elevators so unless you are on the first floor expect to walk up & down stairs (with luggage). We didn’t expect a lift so it wasn’t an issue for us but if you have trouble with steps, inquire about options.
It was quiet although in a building this old, a lot of that depends on the guests, which isn’t the inn’s fault. Maybe instead of a hang tag asking guests to reuse towels to save the planet; (IMHO extremely tacky at this price point), some signage or a note on the inn’s TV page reminding guests that sound travels in a 139 year old building so don’t act like it's prom night at the Red Roof Inn, would be more appropriate...
The inn is delightful and we had a wonderful stay but I have a few easily remedied MINOR complaints that should be considered by the owners:
First of all, while housekeeping did a fantastic job on cleaning our room & bathroom, they partially neglected the wet bar. When we arrived, a small wastebasket stashed in the cabinet below still had trash and an empty wine bottle in it from the previous guests. In addition, although I used the coffee maker each of the three mornings we were there. Never once was the coffee maker basket emptied (despite being purposely left open) nor the pot washed out.
Is that my job?
Curiously enough, the coffee was replenished and (I assume) clean mugs replaced in the storage area, yet no additional creamers were put into the fridge...??
Second, the breakfast was meh…nothing really special and to be honest, not a whole lot better or adventurous than a free continental breakfast at a Hampton Inn. I guess I was a little disappointed at the limited choices after experiencing much more at comparable inns across the country. Maybe if we only stayed a single night it wouldn't have been so bad but after the second morning of mediocrity, on day three we opted for the Cooperstown Diner which was a FIRST for us when staying at a B&B.
Exacerbating the boring breakfast, the dining area is too cramped with the food station, coffee station (depending on which dining room you were in) and two large tables in a such a small area. Maybe the food should be in a totally different room or guests should be served instead of having breakfast buffet style which really made getting your food a chore in the crowded quarters.
Why not expand the seating into the unused living room/TV area using folding tables or the checker/chess board table during breakfast so guests don’t have to squeeze past one another to get their food? While you are at it, add a second coffee station which was another unnecessary hassle. Or better yet, have staff serve all the beverages since the coffee thermos and cream decanters always seemed to be empty.
We really didn’t enjoy the breakfast experience at the inn which is half of the B’s in B&B.
Other than those issues which may not bother everyone as much as us, the Inn at Cooperstown was very nice, welcoming and a nice place to stay but it could easily be perfect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Inn at Cooperstown is a lovely historic hotel located in the heart of the village just a short walk from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and many fine attractions, restaurants, and shops. This award-winning structure was built in 1874, fully restored in 1985, and is thoughtfully updated on an annual basis. The Inn has the warmth and comfort of a home. Eighteen spotless guest rooms, all with private bathrooms, air conditioning, and flat panel televisions, are individually decorated with many charming touches. Unwind in a rocking chair on the front porch or enjoy the fireplace in a cozy sitting room after exploring the village of Cooperstown. Open year-round. Off-street parking. Handicap accessible. Families welcome. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Inn At Cooperstown Hotel Cooperstown
- Inn At Cooperstown
- Bed Breakfast Cooperstown